Dunn Snaps Out of Slump With Long Homer
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The White Sox wore their 1983 vintage uniforms, as they will every Sunday home game this season, to celebrate the ’83 A.L. West champs. Today, Mike “Spanky” Squires and Jerry “Dibber” Dybzinski, members of that team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to ’83 teammate Harold Baines. Here are Dibber (left) and Spanky during the pre-game ceremony.
Spanky, who played 10 years in a Sox uniform, was a slick fielding first baseman who won a Gold Glove in 1981. Despite the fact he threw lefthanded he filled in as a catcher and third baseman as well. In 1980 he was the first left-handed catcher to play in the majors since Dale Long did it with the Cubs in 1958. In 1983, he became the first lefty-throwing third baseman in about a half-century. As the longest tenured player in the Sox organization at the time, Squires also received the honor of raising the ’83 A.L. West pennant above Comiskey Park.
Dibber was a member of the White Sox in 1983 and 1984 in a six-year major league career that also saw him play for the Indians and Pirates. In ’83 he started 127 games at shortstop for the Sox.
Harold Talks ’83
Baines, who in 1983 hit 20 homers, drove in 99 and batted .280 for the Sox in his fourth major league season, talks about that magical year:
Today also was Jackie Robinson Day at U.S. Cellular Field, with the Sox acknowledging members of the club’s ACE (Amateur City Elite) youth baseball program who are heading off to play college baseball on scholarship next fall. Twelve members of this year’s team earned Division I college scholarships, while more than 40 kids have gotten athletic aid in collegiate baseball (and, more importantly, earn degrees) since the program began in 2007. Eight ACE alumni have been drafted by professional teams.
The Sox took the field along with young members of the Sox youth program who were wearing No. 42 in honor of Robinson.
A Year Ago Today
Last April 21, the Sox’s Philip Humber (now with the Astros) pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history with a 4-0 masterpiece against the Mariners in Seattle. It was the third perfecto in White Sox history, following Charlie Robertson (1922) and Mark Buehrle (2009), and the 18th no-hitter in Sox annals.
Quote of the Day
John Danks, still recovering from shoulder surgery, returned to Chicago this weekend from extended spring training. He talked about his status:
“I feel good. I was ready to get out of Arizona…I don’t want to be back until I know I can help the team. I don’t feel like I’m really far off. Hopefully sooner than later, I’ll be ready to be back….Hopefully everything will come back. I’ll have the same arm strength and I’ll be ready to pitch. I’ve missed being around the guys.”
Play of the Day
Adam Dunn broke out of his slump with a solo homer over the 400-foot sign in the seventh inning of today’s 5-3 loss to the Twins. It was his third of the season and 409th of his career.
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S.Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Masterson (3-1) for the Tribe.
Did You Know…
…that on this date in 1900 the White Sox (officially known then as the White Stockings) played their very first game in a small wooden ballpark located at 39th and Princeton? While the Sox lost that day, 5-4, to Milwaukee, they beat the Brewers the next day for their first victory and went on to win the ’00 pennant. The championship is usually ignored by historians because the American League was subject to the governance of the National League and didn’t have its independence as a major league until the following season. For the record, the Sox finished first in 1901 as well.
Photo/Video of the Day
Enjoy Dunn’s blast: atmlb.com/17FJ2YE